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Razia's Ray of Hope: One Girl's Dream of an Education

Razia dreams of getting an education, but in her small village in Afghanistan, girls haven't been allowed to attend school for many years. When a new girls' school opens in the village, a determined Razia must convince her father and oldest brother that educating her would be best for her, their family and their community.

Razia's Ray of Hope is the latest inspiring story from the CitizenKid collection. It is based on the true stories of the students of the Zabuli Education Center for Girls just outside of Kabul, founded by a generous and resourceful woman named Razia Jan, a CNN hero, who also appears in the story.

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"Razia’s yearning for school is described in rich, context-specific language: 'They painted the door red, as bright as the flames of the tandoor.' Verelst’s mixed-media illustrations feel fresh and modern while remaining true to the rural environment, combining crisp, detailed pencil renderings with digital reproductions of traditional Afghani fabrics and photographs, situating Razia’s story firmly in the sun-bleached, rocky terrain of rural Afghanistan. The back matter includes a list of classroom-friendly activities that should help teachers encourage readers to appreciate the literary, artistic, and historical elements of this book." -- Amina Chaudhri, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Elizabeth Suneby
Illustrator Suana Verelst
ISBN 1554538165
Publication Date Sep 1, 2013
Publisher Kids Can Press
Series Name Citizen Kid
Language English